Hi Roadies! Stacy here today on the MR blog with a constructed clock piece for the home.
By chance, I happened to be in Ikea a while back, and I chanced upon a clock which costs me around USD1. I was wondering if I could alter it. After bringing it back home, I found the inspiration to dismantle it instead!
Using Maya Road Chipboard Book - dress form, I took out the piece with the bottom stand for this project. This time round, I decided to use napkin decoupage for a softer look.
A maya road mask (I must have used this many times over for other projects and I adore this mask very much!) - Soar Butterfly Mask - was added to create the wings for my dress form. This mask is repainted with gold and sealed with a paint sealant.
I then made a hole in the center of the dress form to encase the clock in the center.
One of my favorite things to do with paper is to layer it. By layering lots of textures, colors and prints together it always creates a unique and interesting design. It shouldn't be much of a surprise then that I also love layering embellishments. If one is good, then two or three must be great!
I have a few cards to share with you today that layer embellishments. Maya Road makes that super easy with their vast array of stunning embellishments. Just when I think they can't get any better, they come out with something new. These cards feature some of the latest Maya Road releases all mixed up with some of the classics. It just goes to show you how well it all mixes and matches and gives you that wonderful, unique Maya Road look.
As with layering paper, layering embellishments is an easy technique. Actually I'm not even sure you can call it a technique. I like to combine different colors and textures together to add a lot of visual interest to a design.
By using a larger embellishment on the bottom and then working up, it clusters the embellishments together. There's nothing worse than "embellishment sneeze" which has random dots of embellishments all over the place. Arrange your product together to get a visual feel of the design before adhering it all together.
Speaking of adhesives, the best one I use for adhering a lot of dimensional embellishments is the simple hot glue gun. It easily bonds metal, wood, fabric, trim etc. together and will hold up for a long long time. The newer low temp hot glue guns are much easier on the fingers and work just as well. Make sure you are sure of placement before you apply it as this glue is not going anywhere once it's there.
When putting together embellishments, it may seem like a random mix of color and items but often I draw inspiration and a color scheme from the patterned paper on the project. In this card I've pulled the colors - pink, red, green and cream from the paper layers. It was also the inspiration for the style as the paper made me think of a vintage country style.
So there you have it...lots of lovely layers and embellishments. Have fun making your own custom accents by combining lots of wonderful product into a fabulous focal point.
Hi Roadies! It's Stacy today for the very first time and I am super excited! Today I will be sharing a mini album I have made using the inserts of the Chipboard 5x7 Binder and binding this album altogether using Button Hole Stitching.
Actually, I had used up the Chipboard 5x7 Binder sometime ago, but did not use up all the inserts for the project. Using 2 of the inserts, it was an easy job to build up this album structure. I then covered the album with some left over cloth.
Since I also prefer chunky albums where I can add more layers to each page, I decided to use Button Hole Stitching with Maya Road twine as well. It's so sturdy and apt for the stitching to hold the album in place!
This is one album which is ready - just add photos and it would be good to go!
Let's take a look into the album:
I love how versatile the envelopes are - they serve as a nice background and holds all the odds and ends in place. In this envelope, I placed a kraft ticket and a photo tag. There is even more room for more tags or journaling!
Here I have used the hexagon chipboards as different layers to showcase titles and photo backdrops. The hexagon chipboard set is both useful in decoration and framing photos. Add a metal clip alongside to enhance the page with detail.
The chipboard tags and speech bubbles are my favorite embellishments! Here I painted them in teal color to give a pop of contrast color with the rest of the embellishments.
On the last page of the album, I have also added tickets behind the photo mask, for some hidden journaling or room for adding more pictures.
Hey Roadies! It's Katrina here with my first posting on the Maya Road blog. I am excited to show you a few ways to embellish your embellishments. I have four different ways on one scrapbook layout, so let's get started!
I tend to leave wooden embellishments bare, but recently I have dug out the glitter. Scary right?! I found an easy way to get the glitter to stick and not flake as much. I first paint the item with either gesso or white acrylic paint and then while it's still wet sprinkle the glitter on. This helps keep the glitter in place and not flake. If I am still having a little trouble with flaking, I have been known to pull out my hairspray and lightly mist the piece. This bird was just calling for some gold glitter! I untwisted some of the Twine in Blackberry and used just the black to make a little nest behind the bird and the Rectangular Kraft Envelope.
Next up chipboard. Why have your chipboard be lonely? Pair it up with another piece of chipboard and some other embellishments. Here I covered two pieces from the Mixed Mini Blossom set in two different papers. Stack and then attach a wooden Bingo Motif piece in the center for fun and add some paper die cuts and Trinket Pins if you want to take it a little further. I also used this cluster as part of my title.
Another fun way to embellish your chipboard is to use the foil transfer sheets that are so popular right now. There are a couple of different companies that have these and they are fun to use on chipboard. You will need either a liquid or spray adhesive that will work with the foils. I used spray adhesive and then placed the foil transfer sheet on top of my letter. Rub hard with your finger or a burnishing tool and then carefully lift the transfer sheet away. This "U" from the Lisa Uppercase alphabet was the perfect size for my title.
And last, but not least is altering those white fabric goodies. I used Gelatos with some water to change the Lace Fabric Tape in Cloud to a blue that would work with my layout. You can also use paint, watercolors and of course, mists to alter these also!
I hope I gave you some ideas of altering Maya Road goodies. Thanks for stopping by the Maya Road Design Team blog today!
Hi Roadies! Julia here today to share a couple of sweet spring cards with you. I'm so excited about this new season after an incredibly long and hard winter. I'm ready for bright colors, flowers, birds and butterflies and all the wonderful things that spring brings. It's inspiring to know those things are just round the horizon and that inspiration is making its way into my creations.
I have two cards to share with you today and this first one is just bursting with color and goodies. I'm so excited to be creating with some of the new Winter 2015 release and mixing it up with some other current product from Maya Road. I love how it all works effortlessly together. My favorite new product on this card are the gorgeous Felt Roses. Absolutely adore these! They add a gorgeous pop of color and style by just adhering them to a project.
The central focus of this card is a Kraft Library pocket that I've filled and layered and embellished with all manner of wonderful Maya Road goodies. One thing I love to create with is the Maya Road pins. I'm totally addicted. To add in some extra detail, little things like wood spools or beads can be added on. I've added in a short sentiment by threading some alphabet beads onto the crystal trinket pin and spelling out the word wish.
Next up is this sweet cupcake card that's perfect for a spring birthday. My daughter-in-law absolutely loves cupcakes and I just had to include the sweet cupcake token into a project. The wood tokens are a new product from Maya Road and come in sets of five unique images per themed set.
To create the image I covered a chipboard photo frame with patterned paper and then embellished it. A couple of other new products appear in this design. I adore the Sparkles Sequin Trim. It comes in six gorgeous colors and is so easy to add a splash of shine to your projects. Speaking of shimmer and shine, the Round Jeweled Centers are soooo sparkley and perfect for accents or adding to the center of trim flowers.
My son Jordan has Autism and we live in the most amazing city with services and opportunities for him to shine! One of the groups he belongs to is called Combined Efforts Theater. Jordan participates in shows along side other friends with and without disabilities. Within that group is this handsome group of 5 guys called the Combined Efforts Men's Choir. They sing at gigs and events here in town and I am just so proud of these guys. They meet every week for a one hour rehearsal. I thought it would be nice for Jordan to have a little mini album to celebrate this amazing group that he is a part of!
Metallic albums are all the rage and you can make your very own like I did for this album. I chose the kraft 4x4 album from Maya Road and sprayed it with a gold metallic spray paint. I LOVE how it turned out. It looks a little more like copper but I dig it. I am going to try silver soon so I'll let you know how that goes! I took the album a part and sprayed everything including the inside hardware of the album and each and every page.
Next, was the fun part of adding the embellishments, paper and photos!
The dapper looking young man here is my son! Such an old soul! I hope you enjoyed my little mini and I hope you'll the metallic paint a try! That's what I really love about Maya Road products is that it gives you a blank canvas to make something your very own. Now you can get into the metallic album craze by making one yourself with a Maya Road chipboard album. Happy creating!
Hello Roadies! Today I am sharing a simple technique, but one that let's you customize your project to your favorite colors! Painting Maya Road chipboard is the perfect way to use these fantastic shapes!
Butterfly Chipboard Set has great butterflies, solid and open, that allow you to layer them together and then have fun being creative!
I started by painting the solid or base butterfly with white paint. It can take a couple coats of paint to completely cover the surface, depending on the paint and your personal preference. The outline butterfly was painted with gold paint.
Once the white paint dried, I added a polka dot background to the butterfly by stamping it with paint. Paint works well on red rubber and when stamped it, leaves a great finish on the chipboard.
To add movement to the butterfly, and some softness, I curved some Lime Green cording onto my patterned paper. Its probably my favorite part of this card!
To the butterfly center, I added a wood bingo piece with a heart. It was painted as well as the chipboard letters from a speech bubble set. I took the letters out of the speech bubble, leaving behind a great piece for another project!
Enjoy taking some paints out and decorating your chipboard!
Hi Roadies! Happy New Year! I hope you had wonderful holidays! I am ready to create projects about love, so I grabbed a few of my favorite Maya Road products and got creating!
I started my pile of goodies with a Alterable Wood Bing Motif piece that contained a heart. Adding color to these embellishments can be tricky with raised images and the sunken center. But take a look below to see how easy it can be to add color!
Hi Roadies, I was a little intimidated, but so excited to be invited to create a mini book for the Sparkle and Shine Holiday embellishment kit! You can see the whole book at this gallery link, but I thought it might be fun to share a few tips and tricks of the actual process of making this fun book. So here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures and details!
When I first opened the kit and saw all the bits and pieces in there I knew I wanted to use up as much of it as I could. I loved it all! So I was glad that the mini album had room to add more pages and it could handle some bulk and still stand on its own.
The wooden Bingo buttons are so perfect for crafting holiday memories- they allude to games and fun- such a nostalgic detail. They just are so fitting whether you make a countdown to Christmas book like I did, or another advent calendar or craft, or even a December Daily album! The buttons are adorable as is, but I decided to ink them with white chalk ink to create an even more 'winterized' look to them. I can tell you that the chalk ink was fast and easy to do, but have to warn you that it does rub off a bit- even after it is dried. So painting or using a permanent ink might be an option if you are not into smudges. I personally don't mind the smudging, because to me it adds to the charm and homemade feel of a project. And with 6 kids at home my house is never smudge-free anyway! =)
Once I had the concept for making a Christmas countdown book, I had to come up with 25 ideas to fill all the pages. That was the toughest part of the whole project! =) I did jump on Pinterest for a few ideas,but mostly I just randomly crafted each day on its own and let the book sort of evolve. I knew there would be some traditions to keep in there year after year, and some that we can easily change out or add in again as needed.
We are big coffee lovers at my house- even several of my kids love a splash of coffee in their flavored cream/milk. So using a local coffee sleeve as a page was fitting and is an easy way to personalize a book.
I thought it would be fun to use actual items in the book too, especially for my kids to get excited about, so a real packet of hot cocoa mix and a plastic spoon were tucked into it as a page as well. This is something that can easily be punched and added into the book at the start of the holiday season each year!
A couple of other ideas that I loved were hand-cutting shapes- like the star that I stitched with kraft twine, and also there is a page where I traced a moose cookie cutter onto paper and cut it out and used that as a page too. Don't be afraid to just have fun with projects like this and use your favorite shapes, traditions and love of things that bring you joy all season long!
There is so much more I could share about this kit and book I made with it, so like I said, feel free to check out the gallery for the complete book and a list of step-by-step instructions if you want to create one just like it yourself! You can use the ideas and customize a special book for your family or friends too! There is plenty left over to make some cards or tags as well. I just know this kit will add charm to your holiday season in lots of ways! Happy crafting, everyone!